Pleco Chinese Dictionary

App Detail » Pleco Chinese Dictionary

Published by: Pleco Inc.

  • App Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2009-12-17
  • Current Version: 3.2.19
  • Adult Rating: 9+
  • File Size: 111.91 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
  • Price: Free

Pleco Chinese Dictionary
App Rating: 4.5/5
Based on 4,512 Reviews
Buy now: Free

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App Description

Pleco is the ultimate Chinese learning companion - an integrated dictionary / document reader / flashcard system with fullscreen handwriting input and live OCR, from a company that's been making the world's best mobile Chinese learning apps since 2001. Major features: ($ = paid add-on) • Amazing dictionaries. We include two lovely free ones built-in: the popular open-source CC-CEDICT, with over 100,000 frequently-updated entries, and our own PLC dictionary, with 78,000 more detailed entries and over 20,000 example sentences (with Pinyin). More than two dozen other dictionaries are available as free and paid ($) add-ons, including licensed titles from well-known publishers like Oxford, Longman, FLTRP, Tuttle, SLPH, and Commercial Press. • Powerful merged search: look up words by Chinese characters, Pinyin (spaces / tones optional), or English, with support for wildcards and full-text search. And no need to tediously flip between all of those dictionaries to find a word - just type in your search term and instantly get a combined, frequency-sorted result list. • Links and cross-references: easily look up character components, break down words into individual characters, look up lists of words containing a particular character, search across all dictionaries for example sentences containing a word, and even find synonyms / antonyms using our (experimental) free thesaurus add-on. • Gorgeous typography: see it for yourself in our screenshots - we think we're one of the best-looking Chinese dictionaries around. Alternate Kai/Song/Xing-style Chinese fonts are also available ($). • Mainland/HK/Taiwan-friendly: every part of Pleco supports both traditional and simplified characters, headword pronunciations can be shown in Zhuyin as well as in Pinyin, and we even support Cantonese search and display in our PLC dictionary. • Audio: Hear Mandarin and Cantonese pronunciations for words and example sentences using iOS' free built-in text-to-speech system. We also offer add-ons ($) with native-speaker Mandarin and Cantonese recordings, plus higher-quality Mandarin text-to-speech system options. • Document Reader: bring in text from the clipboard and tap on words in it to instantly look them up. Upgrade ($) adds support for tap-lookups in text, HTML, DOC, DOCX, PDF, and EPUB files, and in embedded lyrics in songs and podcasts. • OCR: look up words simply by pointing your device's camera at them, or by tapping on them in a still image. ($) • Fullscreen handwriting: use your device's whole screen instead of just a little box. Extremely accurate and highly tolerant of stroke order mistakes. ($) • Flashcards: create a card from any dictionary entry with a single button tap, import premade word lists, use advanced memorization techniques like SRS, and study in a variety of modes including fill-in-the-blanks handwriting and tone drills. ($) • Stroke Order Diagrams: animations showing you how to draw each character; 500 characters for free, 28,000 in paid ($) version. • User dictionaries: create new dictionary entries right on your device as you encounter new words. ($) • Absolutely no ads. We also offer famously excellent customer support and an active user community at And we're constantly working to make our products better; our sales and customer base have been growing for 15 years across 4 different mobile platforms. You can be confident that we'll still be fixing bugs and adding features for years to come. Our paid add-ons can be transferred to other devices that link to your iTunes account just like any other paid iTunes content; simply install our free app, open up the "Add-ons" screen, and tap on the "Restore Purchases" button to activate your purchase on each device. Please contact us at, via the form at, or using the in-app "Contact Support" command with any questions - we'll be delighted to hear from you.

App Reviews

  • Life saver

    By Ryina Chuu
    This is an amazing app! Especially if you are trying to learn Chinese!!! Not only does it understand simplified and traditional characters, it also understands any Chinese slang and idioms and translated in English for you. They provide voice of how to say the word, sample sentences and any phrases that the one character may also be contained it. I also purchased the reader extension and I use it all the time to read Chinese novels from the web. I can pull up any novel and hit the characters I don't recognize and it'll pop up the English translations. My Chinese would not be as good as it is now without this app!! Thank you developers for all your hard work!!!! 🙏❤️
  • My Favorite

    By HRA65
    I've used Pleco for years, and it is my favorite. The add-ons are great (OCR, other dictionaries, and flash cards). When 4.0 comes out, it should be even better.
  • Love this App!

    By Colasante
    The only reason I would ever consider getting an iphone or an ipad is for this app. It is definitely a must for anyone sincerely interested in learning Chinese. I love this new version as well as all the others before. The app history goes back to 2014 in the app store "app history," but this app has been there for much longer on iphone and existed since the days of the palm pilot. I had this app on my iphone long before 2014 and my former Chinese teacher had it on his iphone for even longer on his iphone and had it on his palm pilot as well.
  • The best Chinese to English app

    By Ming Yuan Zhong Wen Xue Xiao
    This is the best one of my favorite apps, mainly because it's so efficient and allows me to pass my classes This app has also been a great aid for many of my friends and helped me improve my English
  • Very helpful friend

    By Hmmm update?
    I love this app. It has helped me so much with learning Mandarin. Thank you!!
  • Amazing, can't live without it!

    By Adrian & Rebecca
    I love this app.
  • The Best just became Untouchable

    By Theshadow0710
    For all those that have used Pleco before, we have come to the conclusion this is the all time best app for Chinese dictionary reference. For any level ranging form newbies to native speaker, Pleco is the gold standard. all time best chinese app ever. Basically the Apple of Chinese reference.
  • Great app

    By jmansker
    Must have for anyone learning Chinese.
  • Can't imagine life without it!

    By TechnoGranny47
    I've been using Pleco for many years, and I'm still always amazed at how useful and beautiful it is! I use it every single day and highly recommend it to anyone who is studying Chinese. I would also echo Other Lisa's praise...I, too, began with Palm OS and have been consistently awed by the stellar customer service!!

    By Aownsgaisb
    This app is AMAZING. It's the only reason I was able to pass my Chinese classes. It's incredibly efficient, accurate and useful, and as a result,my Chinese has improved exponentially!

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